Various Artists
The Best of Melodic Rock

CD 1 :
1. Toto - Hold The Line
2. Journey - Wheel In The Sky
3. Cheap Trick - Can’t Stop Falling Into Love
4. Europe - The Final Countdown
5. Loverboy - Turn Me Loose
6. Sammy Hagar - Give To Live
7. Grand Funk Railroad - We’re An American Band
8. Molly Hatchet - Satisfied Man
9. Lynyrd Skynyrd - Travellin’ Man
10. Danger Danger - Naughty Naughty
11. Pretty Maids - Love Games
12. Britny Fox - Save
13. Riot - Bloodstreets
14. Alice Cooper - Poison
15. Meat Loaf - Bat Out Of Hell
CD 2 :
1. Boston - More Than A Feeling
2. Scorpions - Wind Of Change
3. Hooters - Satellite
4. Peter Frampton - Show Me The Way
5. Jefferson Starship - No Way Out
6. Bad English - When I See You Smile
7. The Outfield - Voices Of Babylon
8. Steve Perry - Foolish Heart
9. Extreme - More Than Words
10. Warrant - Heaven
11. Reo Speedwagon - Take It On The Run
12. Steve Lukather - Lonely Beat Of My Heart
13. Blue Öyster Cult - Astronomy
14. Firehouse - When I Look In Your Eyes
15. Kansas - Dust In The Wind





Released 29/4-2011
Reviewed 28/5-2011


There are loads of compilations out there in the record shelves around the world, all claiming to be the best of something while they generally are just any collection of random songs that some may find good while other think a lot is missing. And making a collextion of songs and then claiming it to be the best of something is generally something that does not do a lot for me, I think compilation might have one use and that is to be used at parties or something like that, as background music. Now however we do have MP3-players or computers that we can hook up to our stereo and the use for these disks become even less.

This then is a collection of melodic rock songs which are not all melodic rock songs however as there are some heavy metal and real hardrockers in there as well so it is a somewhat misplaced name for this compilation but nonetheless it is one on two discs and a lot of songs. Of course there are songs missing from this, I wonder where Babe by Styx happen to go or Don’t Stop Believin’ by Journey which are both fantastic melodic rock songs which really ought to be on this album. Sure Boston’s More Than a Feeling is there and so are some other great tracks but the choice of tracks are strange where the best tracks by the bands are not selected or strange tracks are selected as well and what does Alice Cooper or Europe do on this collection of melodic rock songs, and they are not the only ones that feel wrongly placed. Still the songs are good and they do work well in the background.

For listening to though, this record is just way too long, why not really try and collect the really best melodic rock song on a one hour disk, that would be something. One might also wonder where Queen went and some other bands as well that should have been on a best of melodic rock but wasn’t.

So I do think this album is useless as an album to listen to, I would not want to drive while listening to it either as it is just too incoherent for that so the only use I see for it is the same as for every other compilation, it is something to have in the background while doing something else that requires much more attention than the music. This music works really well for that but some of the songs are really great to listen to as well and for that I recommend the respective album instead as they give you a whole in a completely different way than this compilation can.

in the end though, a decent collection of good songs, too long to listen to and not enough of my favourite songs in the genre are there either so it is not really that interesting. I can instead recommend album by the like of Ten, Million, Bad Habit, TNT, Journey, Uriah Heep, Vega and so on if you are looking for some melodic rock released in 2011, they are much better to listen to than this long compilation.

I can also recommend the real album releases by Yesterrock instead, they are also a much better choice if you are to spend money on older melodic rock music. So for this album I would say that it is good but not good enough to really be something interesting.


Label - Yesterrock/GerMusica
Three similar bands - //
Reviewer: Daniel Källmalm